September 14, 2016
Coordinating Global Brain Projects
Due to revolutionary new technologies, neuroscientists are poised to significantly advance our understanding of the brain and behavior, with profound implications for health and society.
To enhance collaboration and better coordinate global efforts in fundamental neuroscience research, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will support a conference of scientists and government representatives from countries with significant investments in neuroscience research. Attendees, many of whom are members of the U.S. BRAIN Initiative, a public-private collaborative effort aimed at accelerating the development and application of new technologies to revolutionize our understanding of the brain, will exchange ideas and information about their efforts and identify new opportunities for collaboration.
NSF and The Kavli Foundation will support the event, hosted by Rockefeller University in cooperation with Columbia University.
“Brain diseases and disorders affect millions of families worldwide, leading to billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity,” said NSF Director France Córdova, who will deliver opening remarks at the event. “This event is intended to promote collaboration and cooperation in emerging, large-scale international brain projects to further advance neuroscience research. NSF plays a pivotal role in funding brain research, bringing the research community together and shaping the vision for a global brain initiative.”
The NSF’s Assistant Director for Biological Sciences, Dr. Jim Olds, will present information about the NSF’s participation in the U.S. BRAIN Initiative.
The U.S. State Department, the Global Partnerships Forum, The Kavli Foundation and NSF will also host a complementary event at the U.N. headquarters in New York City the evening of Sept. 19.
Use the hashtag #globalbrain to follow the conversation on social media.
For event details, please see the official NSF Media Advisory: http://go.usa.gov/xKrFd
- Coordinating Global Brain Projects NSF Award Abstract (#1644405)
- NSF Announces Participation in National Research Infrastructure for Neuroscience Effort
- Brain Awareness Week 2016 blog post (NSF Research and Program Highlights)
- NSF Understanding the Brain Special Report